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Posted on January 22, 2019 11:39 AM

Planned Parenthood Is Celebrating 46 Years: Death Rate Up in Annual Report

by Anne Fox

 

Today marks 46 years since the infamous Supreme Court abortion decisions (Roe v. Wade) - more than 60,000,000 babies have died, and more than 60,000,000 families have been shattered.

Planned Parenthood celebrated by filing "The Roe Act" in Massachusetts. This act would remove any age limits on abortion and expand the availability of post-viability abortions in Massachusetts.

Under current Massachusetts law, minors need a parent’s permission to get an abortion or she can petition a judge, a process known as judicial bypass.

Under the new law, a 12 year old could take herself into an abortion facility where they would happily perform the abortion.

 

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Posted on January 20, 2019 10:53 AM

MASS-ive Pro-Life Presence at National March for Life!

 

Massachusetts citizens turned out in droves for the National March for Life! We met up with the Archdiocese of Boston, multiple high schools, and the Boston-and-Worcester-based Pure in Heart contingent. 

Some of us joined the Women's March, to bring a consistent and truly pro-woman message to their platform of nonviolence.  Our rights as women cannot be bought at the price of the lives of our more vulnerable children. 

 

Check out the photos, and the captions for micro-stories on this event.

You may hear the media report the March had "a few thousand". We were close to 1 million strong. Don't forget, here at home: We are not alone.

It was MASS-ive pro-life. And we, from Massachusetts -- so often trailblazers in the past for human rights, the democratic process in our nation, medical and technological development -- can also be trailblazers in the human rights issue of our age.

From the Democrats for Life Forum to the March for Life itself, and from the amazing pre-March youth rally with Louisiana Right to Life to the Rose Dinner, our carpool, and the many buses, participated in just about every activity they could.

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Posted on January 15, 2019 11:04 AM

Sharks or Kids? Show Some Concern

by Robert Aufiero

The following is a letter to the editor written by Mr. Aufiero, reprinted here with the author's permission }

After reading the release in The Patch regarding Senator Lewis and his support of children seeking adoption, I felt the need to respond.

The one particular reference in the release that calls for a reply is the sentence that talks about a population that may not always be visible. During the time that Senator Lewis has been a public official, regretfully he has forgotten about a part of the population that is invisible namely unborn babies. Senator Lewis, in each of his official roles as State Representative and now State Senator has vigorously opposed initiatives such as removing taxpayer-funding of abortion. He has been endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, which is the largest provider of abortions. Among his legislative efforts, he notably took steps to protect sharks and was quoted as saying "the practice of "shark finning," which is both morally repugnant and harmful to the health of our oceans, is when a shark's fins are sliced off, often while the shark is still alive, with the mutilated shark thrown back into the ocean, unable to swim and left to die.

Yet, in sharp contrast to his concern for the welfare of sharks, is his support for abortion, which ends a human life. Abortion is a violent procedure that is accomplished a few different ways, all resulting in destruction of a human life. Here are a few [examples]: Surgical abortion (D & C) in which a a baby is dismembered removing its limbs first then the torso and head last. Next a Instillation abortion is performed by injecting a chemical solution consisting of either saline, urea, or prostaglandin through the abdomen and into the amniotic sac. The cervix is dilated prior to the injection, and the chemical solution induces uterine contractions which expel the baby. There is also the suction and curettage method in which the abortionist begins by dilating the mom's cervix until it is large enough to allow a cannula to be inserted into her uterus. The cannula is a hollow plastic tube that is connected to a vacuum-type pump by a flexible hose. The abortionist runs the tip of the cannula along the surface of the uterus causing the baby to be dislodged and sucked into the tube - either whole or in pieces.

 

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Posted on January 03, 2019 6:20 PM

Abortion Accounts for Most Deaths Worldwide

In 2018, we were confronted with three highly disturbing trends and one encouraging trend.

  • Abortion was the number one cause of death worldwide in 2018.
  • Obamacare is killing the poor and elderly.
  • A majority favor tinkering with DNA of preborn babies.

But...

 

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Posted on January 02, 2019 10:35 AM

Is Obamacare Killing the Marginalized?

By Anne Fox

 

When we worked so hard against The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), we opposed it for four reasons. One of those reasons was its in-built rationing

According to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, an Obamacare provision penalized hospitals for readmitting Medicare patients within a month of being discharged and led to increased mortality rates among adults who experienced pneumonia and heart failure.  The provision imposed financial penalties on hospitals with too-high readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attacks or pneumonia starting in 2012. It was supposed to encourage better care. But it has encouraged something else: Medicare has levied approximately $2 billion in penalties on hospitals since 2012.

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Posted on December 27, 2018 1:29 PM

Why the Legislature Should Continue to Reject Assisted Suicide

by John Kelly

[ This piece has be reprinted by permission of the author from the article of the same name, published in the Worcester Telegraph, December 24, 2018 ]

In a recent Wicked Local Lexington commentary (“Medical aid in dying important for some with disabilities,” Sept. 28), Michael Martignetti argues for the legalization of assisted suicide from the perspective of someone with the progressive neurological disability, Friedrichs ataxia. I can relate to the author’s disability experience, as 35 years ago a spinal cord injury left me paralyzed from the neck down. Like Martignetti’s, my disability will present challenges as I age.

But whereas Martignetti frames assisted suicide as a personal choice in the face of “unbearable suffering,” I see a state-run program that will result in people losing their lives to misdiagnosis, treatment denial, and coercion/abuse, and depression. Not all families are united in loving and supporting us.

Doctors often make diagnostic mistakes: between 12 percent to 15 percent of people admitted to hospice as “terminally ill” outlive the six-month prediction. Many more who never enter hospice also outlive their diagnosis. For example, the late Senator Ted Kennedy lived a full year longer than his diagnosis of 2 to 4 months, while Florence resident John Norton credits 60 years of good life to the unavailability of assisted suicide after a mistaken prognosis.

 

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Posted on December 18, 2018 9:50 AM

Placing For Adoption...Because That's Freedom to Choose

Caroline was thirty years old when she found out she was pregnant for a second time.  She had been in the military. She had done a lot of things that were risky, and made a lot of decisions she wouldn't have advised a daughter to make.

Yet she was shocked when she saw that she was pregnant again; and she was terrified .   She had broken up with the father of her child, and her son at the time was only seven years old.  Because she primarily raised Josh alone, she knew how difficult it was. She knew how much she could offer -- and she didn't think it was enough.

She knew her daughter deserved more than a single-parent home.

Caroline attended a Bible study at that time and there she met a woman who told her about open adoption. She learned very quickly that open adoption could be an empowering and life-affirming choice.  Even though Caroline felt terrified, she felt better knowing she could give her daughter a better life than she could offer on her own. 

The adoption center she was referred to was located not far away, in San Diego, CA. 

With a leap of courage, Caroline contacted them. Soon she was meeting with the adoption director, with whom she shared her fears, concerns, and, most importantly, heard about the resources for her in her challenging situation. Finally, she heard one of the most amazing options--adoption, an open adoption, one where she could have contact with her child, while also letting her child grow up with the two parent home she couldn't give.

She couldn't understand exactly, but she left the adoption center feeling happier than she had in months

Both she, and her tiny daughter, she realized, could be cared for. 

At seven months pregnant, Caroline got to choose the couple who seemed best-suited to care for her daughter.  In fact, it was less than five minutes after meeting them that Caroline knew they were the ones.  

"Mark and Bethany are perfect; there are simply no other words to describe them," she has said again and again. And it's true.

Caroline has described Mark as being everything she ever wanted in a father herself.  Caroline adored Bethany from the start, and for good reason. "She's like the sister I never had. Bethany was meant to be a mother. I'm so proud I was able to give [her] the gift motherhood."

We all want the best for our children. But we don't always feel we have the resource - or the options - to care for them the way we want to. We certainly don't always have the ideal situation. Yet Caroline can say with 100% certainty that she gave her daughter the absolute best when she placed her with Mark and Bethany.  Caroline refers to the adoption like this: “Unlike abortion, I didn’t lose my baby:  I gained a family through open adoption, and so can you.” 

 

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Posted on December 11, 2018 4:42 PM

Court Refuses to Hear Medicaid-Funding PP Case

By Anne Fox, President, MCFL

 

Do you notice people are hysterical about the Court's refusal to take cases where lower courts overturned state bans on Planned Parenthood funding? Many recent headlines claim that the Court has given Planned Parenthood a Constitutional right to be funded.

Much as we would like the Court to have taken these cases, let us keep perspective.  As Justice Thomas says in his balanced response, “But these cases are not about abortion rights.  They are about private rights of action under the Medicaid Act.  Resolving the question presented here would not even affect Planned Parenthood's ability to challenge the states' decisions; it concerns only the rights of individual Medicaid patients to bring their own suits.”

Rick Moran says at American Thinker:

"Thomas is clearly miffed... 

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Posted on December 07, 2018 3:02 PM

Jim Lyons --Always an Outspoken Advocate For Life

Jim Lyons has been an outspoken pro-life warrior for many, many years.  During the last eight years he has led the fight for life as a State Representative.  His wife, Bernie, is  a pregnancy resource center volunteer.  On behalf of the babies and people at the end of life, we at Mass Citizens are extremely grateful for Jim and Bernie and all their great work. 
As we all know, Jim is ending his service on Beacon Hill; but we know he will always work for those on the marginalized, the vulnerable, and those on the fringes of life.
We'd like to quote Jim's formal farewell here. He gave his speech to his fellow state representatives on December 4th. Always a gentleman, he proceeded to thank those he served with, name by name, and then went on to state his commitment to the unborn.
  "[An] issue, folks, that I’ve stood for every day in office is the pro-life principle. I fully understand that pro-life is not a popular position here on Beacon Hill, nor is it politically [an] advantage in the state at large. Despite knowing the political price that might be paid, I engaged consistently and steadfastly on working to advance — or at least make public — the pro-life agenda."

We love Jim, and his attitude. In his remarks, he kept a hearty sense of humor regarding himself, and an admirable seriousness about his work.  If you want to peruse his entire speech, you can find it covered by The New Boston Post here

May we be this kind of advocate! and may we get many more like Jim on Beacon Hill in years to come.

Posted on December 04, 2018 1:54 PM

Micro-Premie Blasts "Viability-Equals-Value" Myth

by C.J.Williams, Director of Community Engagement

 

"I don't think my baby is the miracle baby," she said. "I think they all are miracle babies. There is just no way around it. She is just Lyla."

If I could put it any more succinctly than Lyla's mother, I would. But the mom of barely 21-week old Lyla Stensrud has summed up the reality of a single human life's value in the way only a mother can. 

Every child is a miracle. What is shocking is that we have laws that allow abortionists to murder miracles daily in our nation. What is shocking is that we have based our respect for these vulnerable lives on the arbitrary line of post-birth ability to survive.

 

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